1 John 3:13–Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.
“This person doesn’t like me!” We start concerning ourselves with what others think of us at a very young age. Unfortunately, some people get so enamored with pleasing others that they will do about anything to keep others in their life happy, even if that means being disobedient to God. However, God indicates that the world will hate us. Plus, their hatred of us shouldn’t surprise us. The world that doesn’t know Christ is not going to understand our motivation for doing what we do. But instead of worrying about them, we are to only be concerns about pleasing one person: God.
Father, it shouldn’t surprise me when others question me or ridicule me for doing the things that please You. I will not be distracted by them and what they do. You are the only one I want to focus on and the only one I care about.